But in the past month, they’ve lost Ricky Rubio to a season ending injury and they’re now in the middle of a three game losing streak. Frustrations are obviously high and those frustrations bubbled over last night as Kevin Love and J.J Barea had to be separated by teammates during a timeout during their loss to the Kings.
Afterwards, Love and Barea both said the right things.
“Frustration,” Barea said.
Barea called the afternoon’s outcome “terrible, worst loss of the year if you want to put it timingwise” after the Wolves committed 21 turnovers and acquiesced in a fourth quarter when they gave up the good fight, after losing in overtime at Utah on Thursday and remaining respectable against the Lakers on Friday.
“Part of the game, competitors trying to win,” Barea said. “We’re frustrated that we’re losing, but it happens, every basketball team. We just got into it. It’s all right. He said something I didn’t like, I said it back and we’re all good. Nothing against him.”
Barea shrugged his shoulders and walked out of the locker room toward the waiting team bus bound for Monday night’s game at Golden State while Love sat in full uniform, his feet in a bucket of ice, and stared dejectedly down after addressing media members.
“It’s nothing personal with J.J.,” Love said. “I think we’re both frustrated and we took it out on each other when we should have taken it out on the other team. That was both of our mistake, both of our bad.”
Here’s video of the confrontation:
This is obviously just a little frustration that should be easily diffused. Though it will be interesting to see just how the young Timberwolves handle themselves going forward.